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Old 05-01-2003, 07:25 AM   #1
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Angry Slackware 9.0 Installation


hello... I have been attempting to install slackware 9 for the past few days and it just isn't going.... I setup my partitions, one for root, one for swap, both primary, root bootable, I selected my packages to be installed, configured lilo.... all that, but when I reboot, linux won't start.... It just goes through the "loading linux..............." and locks or does nothing, I can't tell.... Any help would be greatly appreciated, I am a slackware NEWB.... just need to get me started, it is probably something stupid, I have installed many other Linux OS's. By the way, it wouldn't have hurt to have tried to install lilo on my MBR would it?
 
Old 05-01-2003, 09:44 AM   #2
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how about just makeing a / and a swap
 
Old 05-01-2003, 10:08 AM   #3
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ya that is what i did a root (/) partition..... and a swap.... I think it is lilo, it is said to be a little whack lately.... Any insight?
 
Old 05-01-2003, 11:36 AM   #4
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Were there any error messages when you wrote LILO to the MBR? On my system, LILO is on the MBR and I've had no problems with it. However, when I changed from RH7.2 to Slack I had to use the DOS version of fdisk to clean GRUB off the MBR.
 
Old 05-01-2003, 11:40 AM   #5
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No no error messages, it was the first way i tried to install lilo; it is how i have always done it. Will I need to clean the MBR? and how.
 
Old 05-01-2003, 12:09 PM   #6
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Well, if you want to try it, you need to get a DOS bootable floppy with fdisk on it. The command is fdisk /mbr. You'll have to re-install LILO after you do that.

However, before you do that, can you boot from a Slackware boot disk and use your hard drive for root? It's been a bit, but if I remember correctly, when you boot from a floppy you can specifiy something along the lines of root=/dev/hdaX (or whatever partition you have / on). If that boots and allows you access to your hard drive, then LILO is a prime suspect in the problem. However, if you can't see your hard drive after booting from a floppy, then something else might be screwed up.
 
Old 05-01-2003, 02:39 PM   #7
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bare.i root=/dev/hda1 noinitrd ro

hda1=your root partition
 
Old 05-01-2003, 07:27 PM   #8
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I got it... I cleaned my MBR and reinstalled and it worked good... up and running and posting w/ slack....sweet.... THANKS EVERYONE
 
Old 05-02-2003, 06:11 AM   #9
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Same issue for me - see my thread called Slack9 hdb. I'll try fdisk /mbr and reinstalling it as well see if that works but I doubt it because I had done that before install to clear off Lycoris' grub.
 
  


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